Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has claimed that his side's 4-0 thrashing of Fulham on Sunday afternoon was not a 'perfect' performance, regardless of what the scoreline may suggest.
The Magpies earned the win on the final day of the 2018/19 Premier League season courtesy of goals from Jonjo Shelvey, Ayoze Perez, Fabian Schar and Salomon Rondon, the former netting a superb strike to open the scoring for the visitors.
Although the performance and result would certainly have left Newcastle fans in high spirits heading into the summer break, Benitez responded to questions about whether or not this performance would have impressed club owner, Mike Ashley.
"We want you to stay, Rafa Benitez, we want you to stay" #nufc fans sing in unison— Chris Waugh (@ChrisDHWaugh) May 12, 2019
As quoted by The Chronicle, he said: "
Although the score may suggest otherwise, the Magpies' victory over Scott Parker's side was no easy feat with the Cottagers dominating early possession and looking to provide opportunities for former Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Following the result, and with speculation a rife surrounding Benitez's future as manager of Newcastle, many people connected to the Tyneside club are hoping that the Spaniard will sign a new deal in the summer.
As questions were fired here and there about both his future as boss and Mike Ashley's presence at Sunday's game, Benitez responded: "
Rafa Benitez: "Would I like to stay? I can see the potential of this massive club." #nufc— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) May 12, 2019